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PORTSMOUTH — When Portsmouth High School seniors enjoy the fun and safety of their “Post Prom” on June 5, they’ll have some youngsters half their size to thank for helping to … more
A local Knights of Columbus council marked the end of an era last week when members distributed more than $1 million — proceeds from the sale of its old home — to four local churches and … more
Spring is in the air, and so too are the noxious fumes and aural assault of overpowered lawn equipment. Bird song and children’s voices fill the air only to be abruptly halted by the roar of … more
I t’s not too early to sign up for one of the summer’s most popular fishing events. “We are thrilled that the Block Island Inshore Fishing Tournament keeps growing. Last year … more
In a sure sign that the end of the General Assembly session is approaching, House Speaker Joe Shekarchi has slated a budget caucus for Wednesday afternoon at the Statehouse. A … more
In 1934, a predatory dust storm carried windblown shards of the Great Plains over much of the nation. In Chicago, 12 million tons of dust fell. … more
TIVERTON — One day after a staffing shortage forced the temporary closure of one of Tiverton’s three fire stations, town administrator Chris Cotta announced at an emergency town council … more
Regarding t he article on fishing restrictions from April 9 (Anglers balk at fishing restrictions proposed in Tiverton), the Town of Tiverton definitely needs to take action and start imposing and … more
The Tiverton Planning Board is proposing a major re-write of the town’s residential zoning map, including the elimination of the R-80 zoning district and addition of a new R-120 district that … more
A Tiverton girl recently won a bronze medal at the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Kids World Championships in Morristown, N.J., placing near the top of the 876-competitor field. … more
The State of Rhode Island recently moved one step closer to a law that would regulate electric bicycles on all state properties, including bike paths. Passed by the full House of Representatives two … more
Little Compton voters will be asked next week to approve a recommended budget of $17.7 million for FY 2025, an increase of $213,127 (1.2 percent) over the current fiscal year, and will also tackle … more
Laurie Margolis, a 36-year-old advertising executive, and her mother, the highly respected physician, … more
A deeply moving book, “Hello Beautiful” focuses on the bond among the four close-knit Padavano sisters: the eldest Julia, the leader; … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Rhode Island House Majority Leader Christopher Blazejewski has a bit more gray hair these days, but his status as the heir-apparent to House Speaker Joe Shekarchi remains … more
Where’s the bite? Anglers are reporting fish in freshwater ponds, and all the bays, with striped bass, bluefish and tautog all heating up. more
A writer, teacher, lecturer and highly regarded religious leader who has led seven churches in 50 years, including four in which she was the first woman ever to serve as pastor, is embarking on a new path as interim pastor of the United Congregational Church of Little Compton. With the church in a transitional period following the departure of former senior minister Reverend Rebecca Floyd Marshall, the Reverend Dr. Donna Schaper has stepped in to fill her place, at least temporarily. more
Little Compton residents recently received the Report of the Budget Committee in advance of our upcoming Annual Financial Town Meeting. It includes Article 5, a warrant article from the Little … more
PORTSMOUTH — Peruse Maggie Lauder’s résumé and you’ll find it filled to the brim with awards and recognitions. more
Monday, May 6 An animal complaint came in from Mill Street at 10:21 a.m., and another from the Longplex complex at 4:17 p.m. Kelly J. Viveiros, 54, of 1 Mill St., Apt. 1123, was charged … more
Well, my world finally turned green as I hoped it would and it brought some things to remember. • One morning I looked out and saw a tiny yellow warbler scavenging for t insects in a bed of … more
A healing sanctuary during a time of great trouble in the world. A place where inspiration lies in massive majestic vistas and small encounters. And a place of mystery at the edge of the ocean. … more
PORTSMOUTH — Everything seems to be clicking right now for the Portsmouth High School softball team, which is on a four-game win streak. more
PORTSMOUTH — A Portsmouth High School senior is one of only 161 across the country to be honored as a U.S. Presidential Scholar. more
It’s a dream local cycling enthusiasts have nurtured for more than two decades — the creation of a safe, recreational pedestrian and bike pathway that would connect the Sakonnet River … more
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